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    Quote Originally Posted by spare_wheel View Post
    i just wear stretchy black synthetics and scowl alot. i find i get the most respect when i am wearing my winter balaclava.
    Any pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
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    This is why motorists hate us, and why I've given up riding on the road...You should be ashamed yourself, and you should be reviled by cyclists everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spare_wheel View Post
    Does so-called Homeland Security know of your whereabouts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    I share your enthusiasm for cycling. But I have obligations that force me to consider a risk calculation... that favors others.
    my personal experience tells me that cycling down hills is more risky than cycling in traffic.
    i think there is a tendency to look at "outgroup" behaviors (e.g. taking the lane) as risky more due to social (and evolutionary) programming than due to objective risk calculation.
    This is why motorists hate us, and why I've given up riding on the road...You should be ashamed yourself, and you should be reviled by cyclists everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spare_wheel View Post
    my personal experience tells me that cycling down hills is more risky than cycling in traffic.
    i think there is a tendency to look at "outgroup" behaviors (e.g. taking the lane) as risky more due to social (and evolutionary) programming than due to objective risk calculation.
    I agree. I believe that taking the lane and riding hard and fast is the safest best way to handle traffic. I only limit my exposure because I am a fat old man... and best compete with traffic ... in short amounts. Admittedly... when cycling is it's most exciting are times when my wife wouldn't be happy with my behavior.

    Many of the cyclist I know are fearless in regards to downhill thrills. But I hear many stories about guys that: "use to ride with the group... then one day when barreling down this hill...... ". Then the injury report starts. Hills require technical skills... as I guess many things do. I try to not out-ride my skill levels. The problem is... I am not sure how honest I am with myself about how skillful my cycling abilities are. And with progressing age... my strength doesn't seem to be a predictably solid as it once was ether.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    Many of the cyclist I know are fearless in regards to downhill thrills. But I hear many stories about guys that: "use to ride with the group... then one day when barreling down this hill...... ".
    And there is typically a cycle to this: fearless, fearless, fearless, fearless, wheel slides out while cornering, fearful, less fearful, fearless, fearless, fearless, fearless, fearless, wheel slides out...

    I try to not out-ride my skill levels.
    It often takes many years to learn this. Keep the rubberside down, Dave!
    This is why motorists hate us, and why I've given up riding on the road...You should be ashamed yourself, and you should be reviled by cyclists everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    This would be a real problem in New York since the state speed limit is 55mph on open roads unless posted otherwise. (there are exceptions).

    If the unposted limit in MD is only 50mph, this may be OK, since the language "greater than 50" would include only roads with higher posted speeds. How OK it is or isn't depends on the number and nature of the roads that exclude bicycles.

    Here in New York, I can name a great number of roads that it's legal to ride on, but that I wouldn't unless there were absolutely no other option.
    The sort of roads in MD that have speeds > 50 mph are the same sort of roads that cyclists are prohibited from using in NY (major highways). The MD rule isn't really any more restrictive than what's allowed in NY.

    The MD law is fairly specific to the situation in MD (it's not a law that other states could or would really used).

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